INVITATION TO KABUKI Guide to Japanese Traditional Performing Arts KabukiINVITATION TO KABUKI Guide to Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Kabuki

Characters and ActorsVarious Kabuki Roles

Miuraya Agemaki

Piece this appear in | “Sukeroku Yukari no Edozakura” (Sukeroku, the Hero of Edo)

Character

Among the onnagata (female roles), those of keisei—courtesans highly ranked for both their beautiful looks and intelligence. In this play, Agemaki, a top-ranked keisei in the Yoshiwara red-light district, curses at a rich customer when he speaks ill of her lover.

Costumes

“Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa” ‘Miuraya Koshisaki’ scene
National Theatre (Y_E0100083000086)

Agemaki’s costume is a gorgeous uchikake (trailing robe worn over a kimono) embroidered with images of seasonal festivals and other auspicious patterns. A longish obi (sash) hangs down in front of her. Her wig contains nearly 20 hair ornaments, kanzashi (ornamental hairpins), kogai (ornamental bodkins) and kushi (combs), enhancing her exquisite appearance. For footwear, Agemaki walks in geta (wooden clogs) over 20 centimeters high and weighing nearly 3 kilograms. These clogs are modeled after the types actually worn by keisei as they paraded through the streets during the Edo Period.

“Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa” ‘Miuraya Koshisaki’ scene
National Theatre (Y_E0100083000086)